The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1) by Elizabeth Camden

The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will...

Details The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)

TitleThe Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)
Release DateSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian

Reviews The Spice King (Hope and Glory, #1)

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    Camden is my new favorite historical fiction author! No matter how many I read, I just can't find one I don't like! Camden is a master of this genre. Annabelle Larkin is an adorably naive and innocent character, but that's not to say she doesn't have a backbone. She is passionate, tender-hearted, and nearly always optimistic, as well as patriotic with strong morals. I quickly fell in love with her sweet character. Grey Delacroix is quite the oppo...
  • Deanne Patterson
    No matter what subject matter the author writes on her research is thorough and exquisite. It's without question! I would have to imagine the author enjoys researching her books as that's how she writes.For me what sets her books apart from the pack is the originality of the subject matter!Yes, there is romance but it's not the story lead. I love these historical books which I can learn so much from. The cover is stunning and it's exciting to see...
  • Staci
    Lovely start to a new series! Gray is the oldest sibling and feels responsible for the success of his company and the well being of his younger twin brother and sister. Gray's world revolves around spices from around the globe.Annabelle brings her blind sister Elaine from a Kansas farm to Washington DC. She made this move to give her sister the opportunity to be at the Library of Congress. Meanwhile, Annabelle is trying to secure a permanent posi...
  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    What a well researched story!  The details were very unique!  You can clearly see Elizabeth Camden’s love for history by the attention to detail she shares with her readers.I really enjoyed the characters.  I look forward to reading more about the Delacroix siblings!This was my first time reading this author and I absolutely will read more by Elizabeth Camden in the future!The Spice King is available NOW – visit fo...
  • Rachel McMillan
    With her always detailed and immersive research and her glorious turns of phrase, Camden excels at spotlighting interesting and little known aspects of American history in her highly readable books. Her heroines are always intelligent and more than matches for their equally bright heroes. Gray and Annabelle are no exception.The fact that Camden finds ways to extol the agency women did have as they worked up in a man's world is fascinating to me a...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    I'm always impressed by the amount of historical detail and circumstances the author weaves into the story that I had never considered, especially at a time when more women are making their way into the workforce. It makes me excited to think about these pioneers and how they contributed to our nation. Washington D.C. is a fascinating setting and I loved seeing the city through the eyes of Annabelle. She is driven with such purpose, whether it be...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    **4.5 stars**The title of the book was the first thing that intrigued me. I wanted to know who the spice king was? Did he live in another country? There were so many possibilities.What I found was a great book set during the McKinley Presidency. This was a time of agricultural upheaval. It appears that food wasn't regulated and that cheap imitations and fillers could be sold to unsuspecting consumers. I was fascinated with the political intrigue,...
  • Melissa
    This was a compelling and unusual read. Gray and Annabelle had a very unusual relationship, I definitely enjoyed their banter but did they have some major things to overcome to find happily ever after! This story line was very interesting and kept me invested throughout. There are elements that will carry over to the rest of the series and I am looking forward to finding out all those secrets! I received this book as a member of the launch team a...
  • Monique
    Elizabeth Camden is one of my autobuy authors. I see a new book, I click “add to cart” and then patiently wait 6 months for it to be released. This time I got extremely lucky as I was able ro read an advance e-copy and the waiting was cut short! And I’m so glad it was... because The Spice King is AMAZING. It’s the best christian historical fiction I read this year. I’m gonna tell you why. First, I couldn’t stop reading. I read so much...
  • Tamara
    Heartwarming is the word that is buzzing around in my head still hours after finishing it. As usual, the writing was engaging and pulled me in from the beginning. I really liked the character of Gray Delacroix, he knew who he was and who he wasn't. He loved his younger siblings even though in the beginning, he clashed with them, he didn't give up on them and they knew that he loved them. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book and I wish ...
  • Sarah Monzon
    The history and look into food quality was really interesting!
  • Caz
    I've given this a C+ for narration and a B for content at AudioGals - so that's somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up.I haven’t read or listened to anything by Elizabeth Camden before, but one of my fellow reviewers at All About Romance is a big fan of her work, and after reading the synopsis of the author’s latest release, The Spice King, I decided to give it a try. It proved to be an entertaining listen; the writing is smooth and f...
  • Rebecca
    "I hope to the bottom of my soul that I never have to see you again."Scorching words. Unfortunately for Annabelle Larkin they were understandable, if not deserved, for she had just made an excruciating, possibly unforgivable choice. Hired as a temporary junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle and her sister arrive in Washington from Kansas with one mission in mind; to gain full-time employment that would pay Annabelle in valuable agricultu...
  • Rissi
    ‘The Spice King’ by Elizabeth Camden: A Historical Novel Sure to be an Experience | Book ReviewSTORY | For his entire life, Gray Delacroix has worked hard. The result of which is a successful generational family company that proudly sells the finest gourmet spices. But now, as a wealthy distinguished gentleman, the one thing he doesn’t have, a family, seems very important. When he meets with Annabel Larkin, Gray is both agitated and impress...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    The Spice King is book number one in the series Hope and Glory by historical author Elizabeth Camden. An avid fan of history, I relished this setting of 1900 in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. I learned about the early days of regulating the food industry and the beginning of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The glimpse into the Smithsonian and The Department Of Agriculture was fascinating. The explanations of the process involved i...
  • HR-ML
    A Dangerous Legacy (Empire St #1) 3 starsA Desperate Hope (Empire State#3) DNF. The Spice King (Hope + Glory #1) 4 stars. Had romance, mystery & spirituality. Washington DC & trips to Cuba, May 1900, going forward. Wealthy Gray traveled the world to find, process & sell spices. His trade rival was the Magruder fam. who employed dishonest means. The Smithsonian gave Annabelle, a college grad, a 6 mo. assignment as a junior botanist. Later, she enj...
  • Kav
    Elizabeth Camden can always be trusted to deliver riveting fiction from fascinating, lesser known bits of history. I mean, I've never even thought about the politics of the food industry from a historical perspective and yet this author has woven a complex tale of intrigue and betrayal and impossible choices around that very topic.Annabelle is smart and gutsy and driven! She has to be if she wants to succeed in her male dominated field. Love her ...
  • Victoria Lynn
    This book blew me out of the water. Quite honestly, I didn’t know what to expect having never read a book by Camden before. But wow. The historical emphasis really inspired me and I had a fantastic time learning about the origin of food laws and requirements, before the FDA was ever invented.Set amidst one of the sweetest romances I think I’ve ever read, this book was pure perfection. I haven’t really been into romance lately as the traditi...
  • Nicole
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations“At the end of her life, she wanted to know that she had made a difference for the better.”In The Spice King, the first installment of her Hope and Glory series, award winning author Elizabeth Camden has created an intriguing historical fiction novel filled with faith, romance, betrayal, and treason. Elizabeth Camden is a master at taking relatively unknown parts of history, such as the lack of regulat...
  • Elodie
    The Spice King is a soaring and tantalizing tale about two very different persons from both sides of the fence who made choice to help their kin and the consequences they face afterward.I do know this novel does not classify as an historical romance but the blurb told me there was a hint of it inside this historical fiction.Now, I do think this is my first historical read set this late in history, right at the end of the gilded age. so yes, there...
  • Lynda Edwards
    Elizabeth Camden has long been an author I enjoy, but The Spice King marks the first of a family-based series that is well-written, exciting, mysterious, and one for which the next installment cannot come soon enough! She has created a troubled family empire with characters to root for, even when they make some cringe-worthy decisions, and placed them within a setting that is unique yet accessible. Camden’s characters are three dimensional and ...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: The Spice King (Hope and Glory #1)Author: Elizabeth CamdenPages: 352Year: 2019Publisher: BethanyMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Annabelle Larkin has a new job as a botanist with the Smithsonian Institute. Her first big assignment is a near impossible task…get an interview with the reclusive Gray Delacroix, the spice king. Gray has spent most of his life up until now traveling the globe in search of new and the best of spices to cement his...
  • Kim
    Set in Washington DC in 1900, Annabelle Larkin is a college grad from Kansas who lands a temporary job as a junior botanist for the Smithsonian. In order to secure a permanent position, she must gain access to the private Delacroix plant collection. Gray Delacroix has worked for two decades traveling the globe for exotic plants and spices to rebuild his family’s business. There are a few twists and turns and I loved how Annabelle and Gray are c...
  • Lou Allen
    The Spice King is set in Washington DC, in 1900, which is a setting and time period in American history that I knew nothing about.I liked both Gray and Annabelle from the start. They were both strong, feisty and determined to succeed in their own spheres of life.I liked that they both have close family ties and wanted to help and support the people that mattered to them the most. I particularly enjoyed seeing the way they sparked off each other.I...
  • Nicole
    Another fantastic read from Camden! Peel back the cover (cleverly designed with vanilla coloring) and enter a gilded world flavored with the spices of romance, heartache, and political intrigue. The characters are loveable and relatable, and the story one to devour - leaving you grateful for the promise of more to come! Definitely one to add to your historical fiction collection.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I w...
  • Randi Annie Framnes
    Secrecy and scandal all the way to the topThis new series, set in Washington DC 1900, brings a brand new perspective to the genre, as it focuses on spices and food production. We get to know young Smithsonian botanist Annabelle who tries to get access to the Delacroix private plant collection and to the owner himself, the reclusive Gray Delacroix. The plot progressed in an unusual way which I enjoyed. I thought the main theme would be the spice t...
  • Vera Godley
    From the very first pages of The Spice King until the very end, this story was amazing and I was enchanted. I found the background information sprinkled liberally throughout the book about the spice and flavoring industry and the cost to procure authentic products thoroughly captivating.I will never look at a little bottle of vanilla flavoring again without a heap of respect for its history.Set in 1900, the story captures the social temperature o...
  • Helena
    When Elizabeth Camden is the author, the reading is always fascinating, interesting and unboring. There is a lot of information in this book, especially related to spices, and other ingredients that make food valuable to us. The romance between Gray Delacroix and Annabelle Larkin made the story even more flavorful! I enjoyed this novel from the beginning to the end - very much. Can't wait for the second book in this series!
  • Courtney Clark
    The Spice King is an intelligent historical romance! Things I loved about this novel:-the tenacious heroine! She's capable and wonderfully feminine, yet she still proves her ability and right to work in an environment history traditionally viewed as a place for men. And she loves her sister so much!-a brooding and fiercely loyal hero, whose facade begins to melt when he sees the potential for a dream for companionship and family unrealized (both ...
  • Grace Mullins
    Full review to come. 😊